Five Big Issues Top Washington's To-Do List

July 28, 2022
With several key issues moving to the front burner in Washington, investors are asking questions about what they could mean to their finances now and into retirement.

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While progress in Washington is slow, several issues that matter to investors are moving up the chain. Five of Schwab's financial experts join Mike Townsend to check in on recent developments, including the Fed's progress in bringing inflation under control, the pros and cons to regulating cryptocurrency, pending healthcare bills, touchy U.S. China relations, and changes to retirement savings that could impact investors' planning.

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